Benjamin Barber on Participation - Dictionary of Arguments
Brocker I 681
Participation/Democracy/Barber: Thesis: in American democracy reigns a "lobbyist policy", a "politics of images", a "politics of mass society" instead of genuine citizen participation. (written in 1984). (1) Liberalism or the concept of representation associated with liberalism, which destroys participation, was responsible for this. (2)
Def Strong Democracy/Barber: is "formally" a participatory policy. In the absence of an independent reason, disagreement is resolved by participation in a process of continuous, direct self-legislation and by the creation of a political community that can transform dependent, private individuals into free citizens and particular and private interests into public goods. (3)
Brocker I 692
HausVsBarber: the impetus of participation as a practical reform programme has visibly evaporated. The approaches are far removed from Barbers agenda, both quantitatively and qualitatively. There is still no comprehensive policy of "strong democracy". Barber himself puts his last hope on the mayors of this earth.
1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democary, Participatory Politics for a New Age, Berkeley CA, 1984, Dt. Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie. Über die Teilhabe am Politischen, Hamburg 1994, S. 12.
2. Ibid. p. 13.
3. Ibid. p. 120f, cf. p 147.
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